The project, according to City Clerk Renee Kingston, is new to the lake area. Camdenton is the first municipality to partner with the organization.

Camdenton is partnering with Stars for Autism to promote the city as an Autism Friendly City. The goal is to make Camdenton an autism friendly destination. 

The project, according to City Clerk Renee Kingston, is new to the lake area. Camdenton is the first municipality to partner with the organization. Several other municipalities in southwest Missouri have adopted the autism friendly program. Battlefield and Bolivar already have started the program with Hollister, Nixa and Republic on schedule to have it in place by the end of the year. 

Based in Springfield, Stars for Autism, works with cities, organizations and others who want to promote an autism friendly environment through training and education. 

Kingston said the city, along with Stars for Autism, will be offering training, education and resources to businesses, agencies, schools and others who are interested in Camdenton. The goal is to collaborate and promote efforts, training, awareness, respect and strive for individual and families with austin. Classes will be offered beginning in October. 

The city is currently accepting donations to cover the cost of training materials that will be used in the classes. The training materials cost $10 to $15 for a 90-minute session. 

Autism friendly means being aware of social engagement and environmental factors affecting people on the autism spectrum, with modifications to communication methods and physical space to better suit individuals unique and special needs. 

According to the Global Autism Project it is a pervasive neuro-developmental condition which effects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. People with autism may have a difficult time understanding ‘typical’ social cues and social behaviors, and they may face challenges engaging with those around them — either by using words or non-verbal behaviors. 

Affecting 1 in every 68 people in the United States, Autism is one of the fastest growing neurological conditions in the world. Although, due to the widespread emphasis on early detection and intervention, the condition is commonly associated with young children. While many young individuals with Autism (who have access to services) learn to develop skills and strategies to address various challenges they face living in a predominantly neurotypical society, children with autism do in fact become adults with autism and do not simply “grow out” of the condition. Autism is a  spectrum condition and manifests differently and to varying degrees in every individual.

According to the Autism Speaks organization:

In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  1 in 37 boys 
1 in 151 girls 
Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.  
Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.  
31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above average range (i.e., IQ >85). 
Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. 
Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often. 
Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan. 
There is no medical detection for autism.